Scarborough Jazz at The Cask has booked internationallyacclaimed trombonist Dennis Rollins to play alongside Stuart MacDonald who is one of the finest saxophonists in the north of England.
Although Dennis’ early listening was funk, by his early teens he was listening to and playing jazz. As he developed his own style, the two forms came together and coalesced in a distinctively exciting and earthy manner.
His early playing was with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Warriors under Courtney Pine. Thereafter, he was in much demand, playing in various bands including the funk fusion groups Us3, Jamiroquai, and Brand New Heavies, with whom he toured the USA.
Rollins is a vibrant and exciting player with full command of his instrument. Clearly he is already an important voice on the UK jazz and funk scenes and his visits to the USA are extending his audience internationally.
Dennis has starred at the Scarborough Jazz Festival and Coastival.
Stuart MacDonald has also performed at Scarborough Jazz Festival and is a regular front-liner at the Cask.
He has supported some of the star names in jazz, for example, Peter King, Gerard Presencer, Jean Toussaint, Tommy Smith and Carla Bley. Stuart plays the entire sax family from soprano and tenor down to the giant bass saxophone.
He is at The Cask, Scarborough, on Wednesday January 27.
Backing will be by the Mike Gordon Trio. The music begins at 8.45pm and admission is a bargain £5.